21-23 JUNE 2024


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Press Release – Robert Burns Celtic Festival 2024

From 2024 Camperdown’s Iconic Robert Burns Scottish Festival will be re-branded as the Robert Burns Celtic Festival and held on 21st – 23rd of June, 2024.

Enjoyment of Robert Burns artistry, and appreciation of his independent philosophy saw enthusiastic embracement amongst his Celtic neighbours, especially the Irish in the 18th and 19th Centuries.  Given the substantial Scottish and Irish migration to South West Victoria in the 19th century  the Festival committee has chosen to adjust describing its festival to reflect this, hence we now have a new name that captures Burns Beyond Scotland ‘The 2024 Camperdown Robert Burns Celtic Festival’. This change to a Celtic festival expands our ability to include performers from Ireland, Wales and England while retaining connections to regular Scottish performers.

The Robert Burns Celtic Festival is a winter literary and music festival, celebrating Scotland’s national Poet and the Celtic culture in poetry, song, music and dance, in and around the historic buildings of Camperdown.

Dr John Menzies OAM, Chair of the festival is delighted to announce that The Melbourne Welsh Male Choir is coming to Camperdown to perform at the Festival Finale Concert.

Dr Menzies said “Since its inception the choir has grown into one of Australia’s acclaimed male choirs, known for the quality and spirit of its four-part harmonies. The choir is steeped in the choral traditions, but is still proudly Australian and has many members from diverse nationalities.  It honours its Welsh roots by singing at least 25% of its repertoire as Welsh songs, with at least half of these in the Welsh language, Europe’s oldest living language.  The Choir has travelled and performed internationally including London’s Royal Albert Hall. “

The 2024 Robert Burns Celtic festival will also host the President of the Robert Burns World Federation, Mr Neil McNair. He will be in Camperdown for the Festival as part of his International tour, and it is hoped he will Address the Haggis at the Gala Dinner and speak at the festival Lectures.

Already booked to perform at the 2024 festival are The Melbourne Scottish Fiddle Club, Fiona Ross, exciting young band Melbourne Band Apolline, The Twa Bards, Merran Moir, Pete Daffy and Band, and Tuniversal Music Group. All confirmed they are coming to the Camperdown in June with more musicians to be booked, the festival will be a weekend full of music.

A new component will be a Choir competition and with the formation of Camperdown’s own Celtic Choir, invited Choirs will perform on the Saturday.

Returning is the ever popular Gala Dinner and Festival Lectures, At the Statue with the Twa Bards and the Festival Finale Concert on the Sunday. A series of Concert performances and music will be at the Theatre Royal, Killara and local businesses. The Schools Arts project, Street Activation, market stalls, music in the Avenue will continue and look out for Flash Mob moments and random performances over the weekend!

Coming to Camperdown next year will be Highland and Irish Dancers, along with the Warrnambool Pipes and Drums.  Peter Daffy will head a Celtic Ceilidh Band bringing together a troop of wonderful Musicians to perform over the weekend.  A Family Ceilidh Dance on Saturday night is promising to be a great night. Catherine O’Flynn, Festival coordinator is currently booking Musicians for the Festival in June and the line-up of bands and musicians will not disappoint.

Catherine O’Flynn
Festival Coordinator


You do not need a tartan heart to enjoy these events, they are fun, relaxed and family friendly.

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